Author(s): Robyn Kahukiwa
The people who live in the pa below his cave call him Ngakau Pono, Loyal Heart, and he has been looking after the people for hundreds of years.
When Pakeha arrive in New Zealand, Ngakau Pono's people start to leave the pa. The gardens are untended, and the fishing is neglected. The houses are falling down.
With no one left to look after, the taniwha sleeps for weeks and months and years and misses the huge changes taking place outside his cave.
Finally, the sound of the karanga wakes him up. The people have returned to the pa. He is not the forgotten taniwha any more. First published February 2009.
Robyn Kahukiwa is a well-known Maori artist and author who combines her serious art with more accessible work for communities and children. She has illustrated and/or written some of the most successful children's books on Maori subjects ever published, including The Kuia and the Spider, Watercress Tuna and the Children of Champion Street, Taniwha and Paikea, many of them still in print. Her adult books include the bestselling Wahine Toa.